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Presentation: Workflow Automation Reinvented

Track: Sponsored Solutions Track I

Location: Liberty, 8fl.

Duration: 11:50am - 12:40pm

Day of week: Monday

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New tools and frameworks have popped up around workflow automation, sometimes framed as microservice orchestration engines. Many of these got their start "organically", where companies built a tool to solve their own problem. From Airbnb came Apache Airflow, from Netflix came Conductor, from Uber came Cadence, Amazon offers Step Functions, Google has Cloud Composer, and Camunda is working on Zeebe.

So workflow automation is far more than human task management or the "BPM dinosaur". In this talk I discuss typical use cases of workflow automation, dive into philosophies and flow languages of relevant tools, and show concrete code examples and live demos. I will not only wear a developer's hat but also look at operations, DevOps and the link to business stakeholders. Afterwards, you'll better understand the role of workflow automation in your project and have some initial criteria for selecting a tool.

As co-founder of a workflow automation vendor, I am definitely opinionated - but as workflow automation addict with 15 years of real-world experience, the presentation will be rooted in the frontline customer engagements that have formed those opinions.

Speaker: Bernd Rücker

Co-Founder and Chief Technologist @Camunda

Throughout my 15+ years in software development, I have helped automating highly scalable core workflows at global companies including T-Mobile, Lufthansa and Zalando. I have contributed to various open source workflow engines. I am co-founder and chief technologist of Camunda, an open source software company reinventing workflow automation. I co-authored "Real-Life BPMN," a popular book about workflow modeling and automation. I regularly speak at conferences and write for various magazines. I am currently focused on new workflow automation paradigms that fit into modern architectures around distributed systems, microservices, domain-driven design, event-driven architecture and reactive systems.

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